Dead cow, boat motor, clothes iron fished out of Scottish sewers

Feb. 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The company responsible for Scotland's sewer system said odd items fished out of sewers during the past year include a boat motor and a dead cow.

Scottish Water, the private company responsible for the country's water supply and sewer system, said there were more than 40,000 blockages in drains and sewage treatment works during the past year and the items found to be responsible included an outboard motor from a boat, a working clothes iron, a cow carcass, a fax machine, a live otter, false teeth and pairs of underwear, the Scotsman reported Tuesday.

"The waste water drain which runs from your house to the public sewer is usually only about four inches wide, which is less than the diameter of a DVD," said Chris Wallace, director of communications for Scottish Water. "We believe the best way to tackle blocked drains and sewer flooding is to work with our customers to prevent blockages that can clog up the cycle in the first place."

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